Embrace Life, Change & Social Media

As we welcome the new month of September, ideas are running around in my head this morning that I wanted to put on paper before they were pushed out by the busyness of the day.

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Friends often comment about my positive attitude and how I am always in such a good mood each morning.  I appreciate their comments, but some days it’s a struggle for me, just like it is for everyone. The daily challenges of life, work, friendships, relationships, getting older, etc., can make it easy to take the negative, or the “oh woe is me” route.  To me, that is the worst thing a person can do, because it is counter-productive and destructive.  Negative thoughts breed more negative thoughts.  It is a vicious cycle.  Embracing the storms and challenges of life is important, I just find it better for me to keep the focus on the positive things in life. 

So, what is the magic bullet answer?  There is none.  But I do believe that if we work at making our mindset one of thankfulness and gratitude; a mindset of embracing life, changes in life and all that is around us, it will be far easier for us to stay in that positive frame of mind.  I have no scientific evidence for this, just speaking from personal experience; for me it is far easier to daily embrace life than to pull myself out of a funk.  Sandi, a friend of mine refers to me as Mr. Happy; I love that.  Even on the days that I have to work at being happy, I find it helps my overall outlook on everything.

What does any of this have to do with social media?  I’m glad you asked!  If and when I am in a funk or frustrated about things; spending time chatting with friends; whether on the phone, face-to-face or through social media, it lifts my spirits.  I log onto Twitter each day, and the positive vibes from my friends and followers literally starts my day on a positive note.  There is a group of us called the #PositivePosse that provide encouragement, support and smiles to one another on a daily basis.  It truly does make a difference when you surround yourself with those positive and supportive friends.

I encourage you to embrace life, embrace change, look for the good and the positive each day.  Ready positive stories or posts while seeking encouraging friends to engage with via social media or face-to -face relationships.  It does make a difference.

Want to connect?  That is easy, I am always on!  You can Friend me on Facebook, Follow me on Twitter, add me to your Circles on Google+ and connect with me on LinkedIn.

Be BOLD!

When was the last time that you did something bold?  Something completely unexpected and out of your comfort zone?  If it’s been a while, or if you cannot remember the last time you made a bold decision, now is the time to make it happen!I have recently made two bold steps myself, and I can tell you that I have no regrets surrounding either of these actions.  The first bold step I am referring to was my decision to be a full-time, self-employed consultant. I had previously handled marketing duties for a local restoration company in addition to my consulting business, but  now I am all in working for myself.  This has been the second best decision I have ever made.  I do set my own schedule; I am responsible for finding my own clients, booking my own speaking opportunities, and managing my own business.  I love what I do and I wake up every day excited to get started! Can you say that about your career?  If not, maybe it’s time for a bold decision of your own.

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The second bold step is the decision to fire my hair!  You read it correctly, I have fired my hair!  It had been abandoning my head and retreating for years, so I as the owner of the head, I decided to fire it!  The hair gene came from the Lusher side of my family, and let’s just say we are not known for old age and a head full of hair :)  This again, was a great decision for me.  I feel better about myself and my appearance and everyone has accepted the new, bold look.  I have even received compliments on the shape of my head!  That is a new one! I also removed the goatee, so the grey hair is gone from my head.  Bonus:  looking younger!What does firing my hair have to do with business or more specifically the industry in which I work?  Simple: as a small business owner, making the decision to incorporate a social media plan into your business is a bold step.   For many business owners, it requires a leap of faith into a medium they are not familiar with.  But, as with my career move and my hair, taking bold actions can and will be rewarding if you approach it with careful planning and implementation as well as partnering with the right consultant or team.So, how can you be bold today, this week, this month, or this year?  What bold steps can you take?  Let me know, and let me know what you think of my healthy scalp!

Roll With The Changes

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At the outset, I apologize to the readers of my blog; my updates and posts have been very sporadic lately and I committed to blogging more frequently.While life sometimes throws us curve balls that we don’t see coming,  most likely these pitches allow us the the opportunity to knock one out o the park! That’s a good description of what has been happening in my life and in my business.  Changes that I will explain more completely soon, but opportunities for partnerships and strategic alliances have arisen that otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to embrace; trust me, it’s all good!So, while we may not always expect the changes; we should roll with them and embrace what is going to happen next!  We should Roll With the Changes.Saddle up friends, it is going to be a fun ride!Oh, and if you love classic rock, you know why I used the REO Speedwagon album cover; if not, click on the  link in the picture to listen to the song.As my Twitter brother @VincentHunt would say, et’s GO!

Changes

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I must admit to you, my readers, that I have been remiss in putting out frequent blog posts lately.  I accept full responsibility for that.  Business and life has been busy, but that is no excuse!This post is to let you know that, while life is great, and getting better every day, I am making some changes in my professional and personal life that will enable to me to connect more and communicate more with each of you! As the saying goes, “it’s all good.”So, thank you for reading and stay tuned; the best is yet to come!  I appreciate you sticking with me as I revamp my site too; the support you provide to me is amazing!